The multi-coloured shirt group led by Tul Sitthisomwong blockaded Kan Ruen intersection on Ratchawithee Road which also virtually blocks the only entrance to Parliament. Yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) activists have joined the multi-coloured group in blocking the road.
Some Pheu Thai MPs sneaked out of Parliament by ducking under a wire fence. Unconfirmed reports suggest that ruling party MPs are seeking an optional venue to convene a parliamentary session after a few MPs have made it to the House chamber.
PAD spokesman Panthep Puapongpan restated the group’s opposition to the reconciliation bills. However, he said he could not confirm whether or not the yellow shirts would storm Parliament.
He said it depended on the situation.
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday met urgently with Democrat MPs and later told a news conference that his party would do everything possible to thwart adoption of the reconciliation bills.
He said the proposed bill should not be called reconciliation as it will cause deep rifts both inside and outside the Parliament.
The content of the measures also damage the legal principles of the state, annulling court verdicts in political cases which will ‘whitewash’ people who committed offences during the political turmoil, and removing the party dissolution law, Mr Abhisit said.
He earlier pointed out that the bills would also help fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra move beyond his corruption cases without ever taking responsibility for them.
Mr Abhisit said the Democrat party would fight against the illegitimate move to enact the bills and would do its utmost to oppose the bills.
He said his party would like to call people who love justice to express their views under the law, to show that the people and society did not want the proposed bill.
The Democrat party will support all moves against the bills, he said, provided that the actions are carried out within the legal framework and in accordance with the Constitution.
The urgent party meeting followed the House of Representatives voting 272 to 2 yesterday to move up four reconciliation bills for consideration today amid protests by the Democrat Party MPs.
The vote followed a meeting of 35 standing committee chairpersons to decide whether the four bills were financial laws in content or not.
The committee chairpersons voted 22:1 after four hours of discussion that the bills were not financially-related draft laws and that the House could proceed deliberating the four reconciliation bills without endorsement from the prime minister.
Report by : MCOT